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  • She doesn’t worry about such things. She has a fatalistic attitude.
  • My attitude was becoming more and more fatalistic and hopeless.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • The typical response is a half fatalistic, half que sera, sera: "Well, if your number is up …."
    Bethany Hamilton  --  Soul Surfer
  • With eyes blue and shimmering, yet serious and fatalistic, he described a German soldier’s head rising above a rooftop ledge, how he waited until he could see the German’s whole head, until he could see the face was young and unlined.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide

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  • But with me the fatalism was bogus; I cared very much about the world and wished to renounce nothing.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • He shrugged, with a fatalistic acceptance of the inevitabilities of life.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • The insolence was gone, the old aggressive glint; now he looked worn out and there was an anxious, fatalistic quality in his eyes.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • "Don’t you oh well me, sir," Miss Maudie replied, recognizing Jem’s fatalistic noises, "you are not old enough to appreciate what I said."
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Mrs. van D. claims she’s fatalistic.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • Then Captain and crew become practical fatalists.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick

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  • Oh, shall I then, again become a fatalist, whom fourteen years of despair and ten of hope had rendered a believer in providence?
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • ’Why can’t you be a fatalist about it the way I am?
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • It did not make him happy, but it did bring him a certain fatalistic acceptance.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • And at the same time he felt a fatalistic certainty that he would not be coming back from this trip.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • I wasn’t surprised; I had become fatalistic.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • In line with our family’s fatalistic attitude, we stayed put.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • Her early, somewhat Bohemian training had made her something of a fatalist.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • And I suppose it’s very advanced of you to have accepted my mortality so fatalistically—everything dies, blah, blah—but how do you think that makes me feel?
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • She handed her feelings over to the actors with a kind of fatalistic resignation.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • Like the animals, though no philosopher, he was, without knowing it, practically a fatalist.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • Dr. King and Dick Gregory became almost fatalistic in accepting the fact that they were dead men and that it was only a matter of time before that fact became a reality.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • His sister stayed because her fatalistic heart told her that the lethal sickness would follow her, no matter what, to the farthest corner of the earth.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • We sit silently, listening to the rain on the thatched roof, a numb, damp, fatalistic feeling among us.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • But I am something of a fatalist, like all good Orientals, and I entered ready, for anything.
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • Archer raised his eyebrows enquiringly at Nastasia, who raised hers in return with a fatalistic "Gia!" as she threw open the drawing-room door.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • As Tess’s own people down in those retreats are never tired of saying among each other in their fatalistic way: "It was to be."
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • From youthful enthusiasm he had moved to a position that he himself defined as fatalistic humanism: "Each man is master of his own death, and all that we can do when the time comes is to help him die without fear of pain."
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • There was about Alexandra something of the impervious calm of the fatalist, always disconcerting to very young people, who cannot feel that the heart lives at all unless it is still at the mercy of storms; unless its strings can scream to the touch of pain.
    Willa Cather  --  O Pioneers!
  • She seemed to swing between worry and fatalistic resignation.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • On a previous occasion when he had declared during a fuddle that he would dispose of her as he had done, she had replied that she would not hear him say that many times more before it happened, in the resigned tones of a fatalist….
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • Though he soon discovered otherwise, he was too proud or too fatalistic to attempt to correct his mistake.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • …neighborhood of Rossomme, satisfied at the sight of the long line of the English camp-fires illuminating the whole horizon from Frischemont to Braine-l’Alleud, it had seemed to him that fate, to whom he had assigned a day on the field of Waterloo, was exact to the appointment; he stopped his horse, and remained for some time motionless, gazing at the lightning and listening to the thunder; and this fatalist was heard to cast into the darkness this mysterious saying, "We are in accord."
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Chapter 12 Miss Bart had in fact been treading a devious way, and none of her critics could have been more alive to the fact than herself; but she had a fatalistic sense of being drawn from one wrong turning to another, without ever perceiving the right road till it was too late to take it.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • If I could convince myself that I have any right to be satisfied with men as they are, and to treat them accordingly, and not according, in some respects, to my requisitions and expectations of what they and I ought to be, then, like a good Mussulman and fatalist, I should endeavor to be satisfied with things as they are, and say it is the will of God.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Resistance to Civil Government
  • …muscle and tissue had been courage or fortitude which the days or the years had consumed until only the indomitable skeleton was leftrising like a ruin or a landmarkabove the somnolent and impervious guts,and above that the collapsed face that gave the impression of the bones themselves being outside the flesh,lifted into the driving day with an expression at once fatalistic and of a child’s astonished disappointment, until she turned and entered the house again and closed the door.
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • Surely Bon could not have corrupted her to fatalism in twelve days, who not only had not tried to corrupt her to unchastity but not even to defy her father.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • There was just something about him, some sad foreshadowing that was almost fatalistic.
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
  • I think I am pretty much of a fatalist.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • You’re like me, you’re a fatalist.’
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • Then a kind of fatalistic apathy had settled in as certain emotional circuits quietly shut themselves down.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • He was fatalistic about it.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • I’m no fatalist.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • I wondered what were those of Hans—the man of the extreme north, who was yet gifted with the fatalistic resignation of Oriental character.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Though I’d never told this to my mother and went to church regularly to please her, I’d grown up a fatalist with little faith.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • She did not think of the future or plan to meet it; she lived in the present and felt the encroaching of an old morbid and fatalistic mood, long a stranger to her.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • In addition, some believe that John Kennedy’s personal tragedies—the death of his brother and of his infant child, and his own brushes with death—have given him a fatalistic attitude.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • A new outbreak of laughter, while Mrs. Poyser was speaking, was caused, less by her sudden conversion to a fatalistic view of jug-breaking than by that strange appearance of Hetty, which had startled her aunt.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • "Oh, I always get seasick!" cried the young wife in fatalistic enthusiastic tones, only distantly watching the baby, who, although he stretched his little hand against the glass, was not being kidnaped now.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • If someone did an unforgiveable thing, like touching one of the King’s women, he would submit fatalistically to punishment, which was likely to be impalement over an ant heap on a stake, or something equally unpleasant.
    Doris Lessing  --  The Grass is Singing
  • He’d brought his mother here, prevailing over her own fatalism and his wife’s practical misgivings.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
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